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Steven Duranceau

Steven Duranceau


Phone: 407-823-1440
Office: ENG II, Room 415

Duranceau is professor of environmental engineering in the UCF Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering in Orlando. He is also the director of the Environmental Systems Engineering Institute. He provides pedological training in physical and chemical process engineering, aquatic chemistry, and membrane mass transfer for graduate students, and is the instructor of record for the senior undergraduate water treatment capstone design course.  Duranceau has supervised a number of doctoral and saster’s students that have completed research in Florida, Georgia, California, and the Cayman, Hawaiian and Marianas Islands. He is a licensed professional engineer in Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry (1983), a master’s degree in industrial chemistry (1987), and a doctoral degree in environmental engineering (1990).

Duranceau is a recognized authority in potable water quality engineering and advanced treatment operations, with specific recognition in the design and application of synthetic membrane processes for water treatment. He has also contributed to the understanding of corrosion control in water distribution systems, such as the impacts of stray current on water quality, pipe integrity and shock hazard. Additional corrosion studies contributed to the understanding of cross-connection control and the impact of fire sprinkler systems on water systems.  Duranceau was one of the first professional engineers to demonstrate the design and operation of interstage energy recovery turbines within high-salinity brackish groundwater reverse osmosis facilities. He has reviewed emergency management plans related to drinking water system vulnerabilities for several municipal governments over the years. He was the principal engineer-in-charge of the U.S. Navy’s water system vulnerability assessment on the island of Guam in the Marianas Islands.

  • Water quality chemistry
  • Physico-chemical and microbiological processes:
    • Aeration and oxidation
    • Membranes
    • Activated carbon
    • Ion-exchange
    • Disinfection
    • Stabilization
    • Lead and copper corrosion control
    • Distribution system water quality
  • Desalination process operation troubleshooting and analysis
  • Water distribution system infrastructure
  • Blending of alternative water supplies


  • Campesino-Karlins, P. and S.J. +Conducting distribution system corrosivity evaluations using an innovative jar test procedure.” Desalination and Water Treatment. 295, 1-17 (2023). DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2023.29644 (IF=1.273).
  • Shukla*, T.L. and S.J. Duranceau.+Comparing hydrogen peroxide and sodium perborate ultraviolet advanced oxidation processes for 1,4-Dioxane removal from tertiary wastewater effluent.” Water. 15(7) 364 (2023). DOI: 10.3390/w15071364 (IF=3.628).
  • Whalen*, D.A. and S.J. Duranceau.+Impacts of chloride-form anion exchange Seawater Regeneration Performance.” Environmental Technology. 1-24. (2021) DOI:10.1080/09593330.2021.2021297. Published December 2021. (IF=3.247)
  • Powell*, C. and S.J. Duranceau.+Nanometer and micrometer particle occurrence in feed-concentrate channels of a nanofiltration membrane process.” Desalination and Water Treatment. 242, 1-11 (2021). DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2021.27582. Published December 2021. (IF=1.254).
  • Rodriguez*, A. and S.J. Duranceau.+Modifying the Initial Rates of Disinfection By-Product Formation Potentials.” Desalination and Water Treatment. 233, 207-216 (2021). DOI:10.5004/dwt.2021.27582. Published September 2021. (IF=1.254).
  • Higgins*, C.J. and S.J. Duranceau.+Removal of enantiomeric ibuprofen in a nanofiltration process.Membranes. 10(12): Article 383 (2020). DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2020.25890; DOI: 10.3390/membranes10120383. Published: December 2020. (IF=3.094).
  • Rodriguez*, A.B. and S.J. Duranceau.+Evaluating adenosine triphosphate bioluminescence for biomonitoring in potable water systems.” Water Supply Research and Technology-AQUA. 69(7): 668-677 (2020). DOI: 10.2166/aqua.2020.016. Published November 2020. (IF=1.283).
  • Higgins*, C.J. and S.J. Duranceau.+Modeling the mass transfer of 1,4-dioxane in a nanofiltration membrane process.” Desalination and Water Treatment. 191 1-10 (2020). DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2020.25890; Published: July 2020 (IF=1.324).

* denotes student co-author

  • 2021 Best Paper (as a co-Author), Florida Section American Water Works Association’s Fall 2021 Conference: “Evaluating Ozone Oxidation and Granular Activated Carbon for Treatment of Disinfection By-Products.” Florida Section American Water Works Association 2021 Fall Conference: Negotiating the New Normal. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL (November 28 to December 1, 2021).
  • 2020 Best Paper (as a co-Author), Florida Section American Water Works Association’s Fall 2020 Conference: Pathways to the Future – Going Virtual. “Identification of Microbial Communities Colonizing a Granular Activated Carbon Biofilter Treating Upper Floridan Groundwater.” Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate, FL
  • 2019 Water Quality Award. Water Quality Person of the Year Award. Southeast Desalting Association 2019 Annual Spring Symposium Racing into Membranes. The Shores Resort & Spa, Daytona Beach, FL (June 2-5, 2019).
  • 2019 Best Paper (as a co-Author), Florida Section American Water Works Association 2019 Fall Conference: Building a Resilient Utility. “Scale Inhibitor Dosage: How Low Can You Go?”. Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate, FL (December 8-12, 2019).
  • 2018 Top Paper (as a co-Author), “Evaluating the Effect of Changing Disinfectant Type on Corrosion Rates of Common Distribution System Metals.” Florida Section American Water Works Association 2018 Fall Conference: Planning the Future of Water. Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate, FL (November 25-28, 2018).
  • 2015 College of Engineering and Computer Science Distinguished Researcher Award.
  • 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. Southeast Desalting Association.
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemists, Inc.
  • American Water Works Association
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • American Membrane Technology Association
  • European Desalination Society
  • International Desalination Association
  • Southeast Desalting Association
  • ENV 6046: Membrane Mass Transfer
  • ENV 6015: Physical-Chemical Treatment
  • ENV 6519: Aquatic Chemistry
  • ENV 5410: Drinking Water Treatment
  • ENV 4562C: Environmental Engineering Water Treatment Plant Senior Design (Capstone)
  • ENV 3001: Environmental Engineering

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